For the city of Valladolid e-mobility is a key element in achieving one of the Europe 2020 objectives: sustainable growth and the transition towards a low carbon economy. Actions to promote the electric vehicle as an alternative method of transport have been adopted applying an integrated, sustainable and pragmatic approach. To achieve this, the Electric Vehicle Office has been set up, responsible for coordinating all related municipal initiatives, as well as every project linked to stimulating the corporate sector as regards sustainable mobility. As it forms part of the Agency for Innovation which is responsible for coordinating European and Smart City projects, it is able to undertake and participate in high added-value, cross-disciplinary city projects, in which this new form of mobility offers added efficiency and environmental improvements.

By signing up to the Covenant of Mayors, the city has committed to reducing 1.12 t of CO2 per resident per year by 2020. And among the most important measures to achieve this reduction is the progressive replacement of the current vehicle engines with alternatives such as hybrids, electric or those that use less pollutant fuels, with an estimated reduction of 6,170 t of CO2.

Socio-economic reality however has been defined by the importance of the automotive sector and its components for the local economy: Valladolid produces 13% of all commercial vehicles manufactured in Spain; it is the sixth Spanish city in terms of vehicle manufacturing; it represents 10% of the employment by vehicle manufacturers based in Spain; 8 of every 10 jobs at Valladolid’s factories have fixed contracts. In addition, this city manufactures 7 out of every 10 engines produced in Spain and has the largest concentration of electric vehicle production in the country (Renault Twizy).

Modesto Mezquita
Valladolid Agency for Innovation and Economic Development
Member of RECI, the Spanish Smart Cities Network

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2015